Brixham and Man Sands

Brixham Man Sands

Image credit: David Stowell | Man Sands Beach | CC BY-SA 2.0 | Wikimedia

This week’s Wednesday Walk is a coastal one around Brixham and Man Sands, taking in some great scenery including two amazing beaches and some impressive cliffs. At 7.4km it’s classified as a medium difficulty walk.

To begin, head to Sharkham Point car park and take the coast path that is signposted to St Mary’s Beach. Keep going until the path divides, where you should head left.

This path will follow some steps around the back of St Mary’s Bay giving you amazing views of Durl Head and Sharkham Point. Keep going until you reach a stile cross it and then turn left and then right into Mudstone Lane will leads you into Penn Meadows.

When you reach the hospital keep left, and then turn right into a T-junction. Head downwards and then turn right at the crossroads. After 100 metres turn left and follow Higher Brixham’s main street named Drew Street all the way past St Marys church and the Watermans Arms. Once you reach a three storey thatched house, turn left opposite it.

Climb up Southdown Hill Road. When you reach Southdown Farm, keep going on the footpath signed for Southdown Lane Man Sands. At the next junction keep left to head down to the pebbles and shingles beach. Depending on the weather this is a lovely place to relax and enjoy yourself.

When you’re ready to continue, follow the path north and steeply up Southdown cliff. Keep going towards Sharkham Point where you’ll find a memorial to a faithful dog named Murdoch. Keep going and follow the path around the nature reserve at Sharkham Point and you will eventually reach the path you started out on at a gate. Turn left to head back to the car park.

Read more of our Wednesday Walks HERE.

Chris Green

About the Author: Chris Green manages the office at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs, using his technical expertise to assist wherever needed. In his spare time he likes playing guitar and bass, and hiking around Dartmoor.

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